Ditmar Awards: Flyaway and Mother Thorn

I am delighted and honoured to have received Ditmar Awards for best novella (for Flyaway) and for art (for the illustrations for Mother Thorn, by Juliet Marillier). Congratulations to all my fellow nominees J Ashley-Smith, Alan Baxter, Robert Hood, TR Napper, Keeley Van Order and Rovina Cai, and also to the winners and nominees in the other categories.

If you’d like to know more about Flyaway, there are excerpts, links, interviews and reviews on this page: Flyaway.

I’ve written several posts about Mother Thorn including an interview with Juliet Marillier and process posts about the cover art and internal illustrations.

Ditmar Awards open for voting

The Ditmar Awards are open for voting until THIS FRIDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2021 (one minute before midnight Canberra time, which is 10.59pm Brisbane time). Members of any of the last 5 Australian Natcons are able to vote.

It’s a delightful shortlist, and I’m thrilled to have works shortlisted in three categories (links to more information included):

  • Flyaway (Tor.com and Picador) for Novella
  • Mother Thorn (by Juliet Marillier, Serenity Press), for artwork
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Leftovers from the week that was

This week's pictures from Twitter etc

This week’s pictures from Twitter etc

  • I spent the weekend (at fairly short notice) in Sydney for a family function, but also caught up with several good friends to talk about podcasts, art, Dorothy Dunnett, comics, freelancing, illustration and stories. It was extremely pleasant, and also I got to hold a real live pet rabbit (it looks just like a rabbit!).
  • As you may be able to see above, the pineapple and raven fabrics arrived from Spoonflower and turned out beautifully – the watercolours on the pineapples printed particularly well. One of my cousins also ordered the pineapple skirt from Redbubble and it is very cute! (Since it’s white knit, you’ll probably wantto wear tights or something under it, as is true for all white skirts).

Pineapple Pencil Skirt

  • Congratulations to all the Ditmar nominees! I’m particularly thrilled to have a story nominated this year – “A Hedge of Yellow Roses” from Ticonderoga Publications’ anthology Hear Me Roar, but since I have interests in so many publications (whether as illustrator, fan or friend) mostly it’s just fun to see some of the many great works of 2015 celebrated.
  • Want to buy (relatively) affordable original art by established and rising stars of illustration? Check out Every Day Original!
  • The opera(!) of Shaun Tan and John Marsden’s remarkable picture book The Rabbits is coming to Brisbane next month!

    • I have finally (thanks to Kate Eltham) started listening to the podcast You Must Remember This, which is indeed epic and fascinating.
    • I want to learn to animate just so I can make book trailers like this gorgeous Isabella Mazzanti Carmilla:

Black-Winged Angels

  • Happy Valentines!

Roses